【CHOK 专访】国际知名摄影师 Sheila Bocchine

作为一个推广和介绍设计师的平台,ChokStick 最兴奋的,就是有机会与设计师进行灵魂的沟通。所以,ChokStick 推出了设计师专访这一栏目,希望能够更深入地剖析设计师的个性与其作品之间千丝万缕的联系。我们将不定期与我们喜爱或者读者喜爱的设计师进行小访谈,敬请大家关注,骚货 ChokStick.com。

这次我们采访的是一位追随我心的国际知名针孔摄影师-Sheila Bocchine。现在,每个人都说自己喜欢摄影,但能做到10多年如一日地使用同一款老式摄影机吗?这才是态度、这才是对摄影的真爱啊!

采访日期: 2013年10月26日

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Meet Sheila

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I feel like each pinhole photograph is a marvelous dream… a surreal and whimsical moment in time that has swirled around my daydreams before coming out as the perfect pinhole photograph.

Sheila Bocchine 专访

IDENTITY 个性

ChokStick: 介绍一下你自己(名字,家乡,爱好,习惯/坏习惯……)和你的品牌以及品牌文化,介绍下你做过的最疯狂的事情。

Sheila: 我出生在意大利,在美国长大。3岁的时候我得到了第一个玩具相机,可惜被我不小心弄丢在美国密苏里州堪萨斯城。8岁的时候,我花了几个小时沉醉在国家地理杂志上,并在所有想去的地方贴上标签,我告诉我的妈妈,等我长大了,我想成为一名摄影师。9岁的时候,我帮我的家人在意大利陶尔米纳的鹅卵石街道拍了一张照片,当我轻轻用手指按下快门的那一刻,我知道,我注定要成为摄影师。

我在芝加哥哥伦比亚学院学习摄影,随后搬到纽约市,并完成了我在普拉特学院的硕士学位。毕业几个月后,我在利桑那州凤凰城开了一个名为 “四面白墙“的艺术画廊。拥有一个画廊是一个令人难以置信的经验,当我年纪渐长到了不再爱做梦的年纪,到了安定的年纪,我还会想要再经历一遍。我已经生活在亚洲4年(2年在韩国和深圳2年)了。我爱深圳,尤其是这里的街头生活!

我是一个针孔摄影师。我用历史上第一台相机式的小木箱进行拍照。是的,时至今日我仍然使用胶片!针孔摄像头是一个暗箱,也是在1850年发明的第一台相机。在它被用来作为胶片相机之前,它是一个能帮助艺术家学习更多的细节来进行绘图和设计的工具,是一个用来告诉人们时间的工具,是一个科学家用来观察日食的工具。

我喜欢旅行,去新的地方体验生活。我一共在3大洲17个地区居住过。我喜欢的音乐是爵士乐,特别是bebop,swing,bigband,我最喜欢的乐队是Radiohead。

我做过很多疯狂的事情,还有一些不能在这里说的(因为我外婆可能会看到哈哈)。有一些没那么疯狂的比如说我在泰国清迈热情地拥抱过一只老虎,因为我无法找到一间酒店而大除夕的在香港的公园里睡觉,在芝加哥的性用品商店打工当时装设计师,在韩国吃生章鱼,在亚利桑那州凤凰城的老冰厂追逐两个鬼魂,把我的照片放在法国巴黎的广告牌等等。

ChokStick: 自己最适合做艺术的特质是什么?

Sheila: 无论是从视觉上还是口头上,我都是一个讲故事的人。日常生活中的很多小细节容易被忽视,但是每一天都是由无数细节组成的。用我的相机去记录这些细节的感觉很好。我深深地对光线着迷!无论是潜伏在黑夜的阴影,在舞池中闪闪发光的迪斯科光球,在地平线上的第一缕光,黄昏时的灯笼,还有霓虹灯,逆光剪影,星光,旭日,扩散和昏暗,柔软和反射,一切的一切,都深深吸引着我… 我觉得我可以永远持续下去。

ChokStick: 你的灵感和创意的来源是什么?

Sheila: 做梦,与人之间的对话,光线,望着窗外发呆,单词,观察他人,颜色等等都会成为我创作的灵感。

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10年来,Sheila 一直用针孔式摄影纪录着睡过的地方。这些地方从华丽的酒店到长满绿草的香港鸟儿圣地。

DREAM 追求

ChokStick: 你的家人支持你的事业吗?你或你的家人有没有为你的梦想而放弃过什么?

Sheila: 我的家人100%支持我。但我的工作中发生一些令人兴奋的事情的时候我会第一个告诉他们,他们是我的超级粉丝。我拍了无数的照片,我知道,如果世界上没有人愿意看它们一样,我的家人也会欣赏它们,并告诉我他们的想法。我的家人都很有创意,如果他们愿意,他们都可以成为艺术家。我的外婆家有一个由我妈妈,姐姐,弟弟和我一起创作的一副挂饰,我认为那很漂亮也很特别。

ChokStick: 经历过的最低谷的时期是什么时候?有没有想放弃的时候?

Sheila: 我曾尝试放弃过生命中很多很多东西,但摄影是唯一我从来没有放弃过的事情。这就是我表达自己的方法,是我自我疗愈的良方。在我刚收到我的针孔摄像头的时候,我拍了几十卷胶卷都不理想。我花了2年的时间记录了我在失败中学到的东西,并不断试验,直到我真正明白如何使用相机。我住在韩国的那段时间,我找不到没有过期的胶卷,而且我的暗室总是毁了我的胶卷,但我还是没有放弃而是当作一个短暂的休息,于是我把我的精力投入到用iPhone拍照以及使用一个叫Hipstamatic的应用程序,功夫不负有心人,我的作品在当地一个画廊展出。所以我相信,低谷不会造访一个有坚定信念的人。

ChokStick: 做了这么久设计最让你开心和坚持不懈的是什么?

Sheila: 只要我在摄影,我就觉得我是世界上最幸福的人。我可以坐在咖啡厅编辑我的照片几个小时。我可以跟我的针孔摄像机、三脚架去天涯海角,我也可以废寝忘食地看摄影相关的新闻和网站。我知道我会继续做下去,因为坦率地说,我想成为翘楚。

ChokStick: 你满意你的现状麽?你觉得自己还欠缺什么?

Sheila: 我很高兴我能坚持至此,即使有所缺憾,缺憾也不会长久,比如说一个拥有属于自己的画廊,出版一本书,成为国际著名的摄影师等等等等……

ChokStick: 针孔摄像什么地方最吸引你?

Sheila: 我喜欢一个简单的想法变成一个改变世界的壮举的过程。其实针孔摄影的技术在几个世纪以前已经存在了,是人们一个奇思妙想把这种技术变成了世界上第一台相机。

ChokStick: 一个懂行销,愿意为讨好消费者委屈自己初衷的设计师,跟一个活在自己世界里,只做自己喜欢的东西的设计师,你更佩服前者还是后者?两者的联系对于你来说是怎么样?

Sheila: 我只拍自己喜欢的照片,拍自己感兴趣和美妙的事物。我觉得人总是要让自己幸福,一个不幸福的人,是没有办法让其他人幸福的。我觉得我很幸福,创作让我很幸福,我觉得这创作与生活之间是有一个平衡点的。

LIFE 生活

ChokStick: 在中国的生活如何启发你的摄影灵感?

Sheila: 我周围的人都非常有趣,我想拍摄他们每一天的生活细节。我迷恋繁华的街市,古香古色的文物就像一个个未完待续的谜,我喜欢中国繁忙的街景,被这种景象所包围着的我,总是能迸发出各种灵感。

ChokStick: 针孔摄像什么地方最吸引你?

Sheila: 我喜欢一个简单的想法变成一个改变世界的壮举的过程。其实针孔摄影的技术在几个世纪以前已经存在了,是人们一个奇思妙想把这种技术变成了世界上第一台相机。

ChokStick: 请你可以给才刚刚起步的摄影师说几句话吧!

Sheila: 拍一百万张照片,然后再拍一百万张照片,然后研究你自己拍摄的照片并挑出你自己觉得需要改进的地方。如果你注意到你拍的人总是缺胳膊少腿的,或者你拍摄的人物头上总是有个柱子什么的,那么你还需要更多练习!多学习你喜欢的摄影师的作品,看看它们的构图,学习他们如何利用光。不要羞于拍人物,如果他们不喜欢被拍,他们会告诉你的,你只管拍就好了。

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IDENTITY 个性

ChokStick: Tell us about yourself, your brand, where you are from, your favorite band, the craziest thing you’ve done … Tell us about your brand, and the philosophy behind it.

Sheila: I was born in Italy and lived there twice, but mostly grew up in America. I got my first (toy) camera when I was 3 years old, that I tragically left in a restaurant in Kansas City, Missouri. When I was 8, I spent hours flipping through National Geographic magazines, mentally bookmarking all the places I would eventually visit, and told my mom that I wanted to be a photographer when I grew up. When I was 9, I remember taking a photograph of my family on the cobbled streets of Taormina, Italy and just knew when I released my finger from the shutter that I was destined to be a photographer. I studied photography at Columbia College in Chicago, then moved to New York City and completed my master’s at Pratt Institute. A few months after graduation, I opened an art gallery in Phoenix, Arizona called ‘four white walls’. Owning a gallery was such an incredible experience, one that I would like to have again, when I’m older, and not always daydreaming of where I’ll move next. I have live in Asia for 4 years (2 years in South Korea and 2 years in Shenzhen). I love Shenzhen, especially the street life!

I’m a pinhole photographer. I shoot with a small wooden box, based on the first camera ever invented. Yes, I still use film!The pinhole camera is a type of Camera Obscura, the first camera invented in the 1850’s. Before it was used as a camera with film, it was a tool to help artists learn to paint and draw with more detail, a tool devised to help tell time and a tool used by scientists for observing a solar eclipse.

My pinhole camera is lensless, uses medium format (120) film, is made from teak wood and produces square images. The exposures are longer to compensate for the pinhole, which is why you will see subtle blur and motion in most of my images. Since the world rarely stands still, my pinhole camera captures all the beautiful motion and energy onto the negative, thus resulting with dreamscape qualities. I feel like each pinhole photograph is a marvelous dream… a surreal and whimsical moment in time that has swirled around my daydreams before coming out as the perfect pinhole photograph.

Ultimately my goal is to photograph people in interesting places and eventually give back to the community. When my projects are complete I’m going to take a percentage of photograph and book sales and give it back to the people. I’ll find out what they need or give it to neighborhood organizations already in place.
I love to travel and move to new places. I’ve lived in 17 places, on 3 continents already!

My favorite kind of music is jazz, specifically bebop, swing, and big band! But, my favorite band is Radiohead.

I’ve done a lot of crazy things, most not fit for print (my grandmother will probably read this!)! A few of the less crazy include cuddling a tiger in Chiang Mai, Thailand; sleeping in a Hong Kong park on New Year’s Eve because I couldn’t find a hotel; working in a sex shop for a fetish fashion designer in Chicago; eating live octopus in South Korea; chasing two ghosts in an old ice factory in Phoenix, Arizona; and having one of my photos on billboard outside of Paris, France.

ChokStick: Why do you think you are cut out to be a photographer?

Sheila: I’m a storyteller, visually and verbally. So many small details of everyday life go unnoticed, details that carry each day forward. It feels good to stop and acknowledge them with my camera. I should also admit that I’m having an affair… a love affair with light! Be it dark shadows lurking in the night, glittery disco balls on the dance floor, the first rays peeking over the horizon, lanterns at dusk, neon anything, backlit silhouettes, starlight, sunbursts, diffused and overcast, soft and reflective… I could go on forever. Here’s a fun challenge, look (or even take a photo) at light at different times of the day, and in different locations, I promise it will inspire you too.

ChokStick: Where does your inspiration and creativity come from?

Sheila: Dreams. Conversations. Light. Looking out windows. Words. People watching. Color.


DREAM 追求

ChokStick: Does your family support your design career? Did they give up anything for your dream?

Sheila: My family definitely supports me. They are the first people I tell when something exciting happens with my work. I’d say they are my biggest fans. I take A LOT of photos, and I know if no one else looks at them, they will, and they’ll even tell me what they think. I come from a very creative family, if they wanted, they could all have become artists. My grandmother has art hanging in her home made by my mother, sister, brother and myself. I think that’s pretty special.

ChokStick: Life is always ups and downs. Have you ever thought of giving it up? how was the worst moment?

Sheila: I have tried and given up on many, many, many things in my life, but photography is the one thing I have never given up on! It’s how I express myself. My own built in therapy session. When I received my pinhole camera, the first few dozen rolls of film were not so good. It took 2 years of writing notes and constantly experimenting, until I really understood how to use that camera. I could have easily given up, but was super determined to make that camera mine. When I lived in South Korea I couldn’t find film that wasn’t already expired, and the labs always ruined my film, but instead of giving up I took a short break from pinhole and channeled my energy into taking iPhone photos with my Hipstamatic App, which turned into about 6 gallery exhibits. There has never a worst moment.

ChokStick: I know you’ve been doing design for some time, is there any moment you feel that you are the happiest person in the world? What makes you believe that you are going to keep doing this?

Sheila: If I am doing anything photography related I am the happiest person in the world. I can sit in a cafe and edit photos for hours. I can walk with my pinhole camera, tripod, and a bag of film forever. I can look at photography websites and read photography news until I lose track of time. I know I’ll keep doing it, because honestly, I want to be super famous. So I won’t stop until I am!

ChokStick: Are you happy with your current status? What do you think you are still missing ?

Sheila: I’m happy with my current journey. What’s missing won’t be for long: gallery representation, a published book of my pinhole photographs, and the glamorous life of an internationally famous photographer!


REALITY 现实

ChokStick: One designer makes design for the market, the other makes for her dream. Which one you like to be? How do you see the balance between?

Sheila: I make photographs for myself, of things that interest me, of things I find so wonderful I can’t keep to myself. I personally think people have a responsibility to keep themselves happy, because if they aren’t happy, how can they expect to make others happy. So as long as I’m happy, and creating work that makes me happy, everything will balance itself out.


LIFE 生活

ChokStick: How does living in China impact your creativity?

Sheila: I’m surrounded by the most interesting characters and I want to photograph them all. I’m enamored with the bustling markets, the artifacts left behind like a puzzle waiting for completion. Resembling worker bees in a hive, the rhythm of the street buzzes with artisans and shopkeepers. I love that the pulse and heart of a culture is centered around service to others.

ChokStick: What fascinates you most about pinhole photography?

Sheila: What fascinates me most is that this technique evolved over the centuries and was many things before someone thought of turning it into the first camera. I love that one simple idea could pave the way for so many great inventions.

ChokStick: If you could give advice to a photographer who is just starting out, what would you say?

Sheila: Take a million photos, then take a million more. Study the photos you take and learn to critique them yourself. If you notice that you always cut off feet or hands, or that poles are constantly sticking out of people’s heads, try to be more conscious of things like that when you’re shooting. Study the work of photographers you like, look at their composition and how they use light. Don’t be afraid of photographing people, if they don’t want their photo taken, they will definitely let you know!

I have found since moving to Asia, that people are as curious about me as I am them, so many times they will let me take their photo. I can’t explain pinhole photography to them, but always carry postcards with me, which I give them after I finish my photo. They can go to my website which has been translated into Chinese to get more information, or just enjoy the postcard.

ChokStick: ChokStick as a local designer discovery platform, what do you expect us to do anything for designers? Do you any suggestion for us?

Sheila: I think you are doing an amazing job! I LOVE checking the site, though I get most of my updates via WeChat. You find the coolest stuff. I also love the layout and clean look of the website!

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骚获

ChokStick: 作为⼀个推⼲原创设计的⺴络平台,你希望我们能为你做到什么?或者你希望看到我们有什么突破?

Sheila: 我认为你们正在做一件非常了不起的事情!我超爱浏览ChokStick.com,也可以通过ChokStick的微信号获得全球最酷的资讯。ChokStick 总是可以找到超级酷的东西,我也很喜欢 ChokStick 的布局和简洁的设计!

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